The popular, award winning gorgeous artist, Scarlett Johansson is the highest paid actress in the world. With an interest in acting, Scarlett Johansson debuted in films at the young age of eight and went on to act in numerous films including Lost in Translation, The Avengers, Hitchcock and Marriage Story. She has also worked in television and released an album.
One of the highest-paid actresses in the world in the 2010s, Anne Hathaway is the recipient of many awards, including an Academy Award. She began acting as a teenager in the early 2000s and often portrayed princesses in her initial films. She started taking up versatile roles as her career progressed. She campaigns for gender equality and supports LGBTQA+ rights.
Jane Fonda is hailed as one of the best actresses ever and has won two Oscars. She has acted in popular and acclaimed films like Barefoot in the Park, Barbarella, Klute, Coming Home, Julia, The Morning After, The China Syndrome and California Suite. She’s also known for her exercise videos and is famous for her opposition to the Vietnam War.
Susan Sarandon is hailed as one of the best actresses of her time. She has starred in many acclaimed Hollywood films like Bull Durham, Thelma and Louise, Atlantic City and Lorenzo's Oil. In 1995 she won an Oscar for Dead Man Walking. She’s also a political activist and has often protested against issues like war, gun violence and migrant separation policy.
Sigourney Weaver is an American actress. Widely considered one of the most important female protagonists in the history of cinema, Sigourney is also regarded as a pioneer of action heroines in sci-fi films, thanks to her role in the Alien franchise. In 2003, she was ranked 20th in Channel 4's list of 100 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time.
One of the most popular actresses of the 1960s, Lucille Ball created the sitcom, I Love Lucy, in 1951. In 1962, she started managing the Desilu Productions, becoming the first woman to run a major TV studio. The recipient of two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lucille became an inductee of the Television Hall of Fame in 1984.
Actress and producer, Mary Tyler Moore, was well known for appearing in popular sitcoms in the 1960s and 1970s. She also appeared in a few movies and was nominated for an Academy Award. She advocated for animal rights and diabetes prevention and was the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Jennifer Lopez established herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood after starring in films such as Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and Shall We Dance’. She is also an accomplished dancer and commercially very successful singer. She helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. She is also a fashion designer and a businesswoman.
American actress Bea Arthur worked extensively in television and was hailed for her comic timing. All in the Family, Maude and The Golden Girls are some of her acclaimed series. In her long career, she also worked in films like Lovers and Other Strangers, History of the World 1 and For Better or Worse. She won many accolades, including two Emmy awards.
Rising to fame with her role as Annabeth Chase in the Percy Jackson film series, actress Alexandra Daddario made her television debut at the age of 16. A daughter of lawyers, she chose a profession considered unconventional in her family circle. Fully dedicated to her profession, she has studied the Meisner acting technique for years.
An actress who began her career as a child model, Jennifer Connelly appeared in magazine, newspaper, and television advertising prior to taking up acting roles. The winner of an Academy Award, she is an accomplished actress who has appeared in many critically acclaimed films. She has been included on the lists of the world's most beautiful women many times.
12 Marisa Tomei
American actress, Marisa Tomei, gained fame when she starred in the 1992 film My Cousin Vinny. She received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the film. She was also appreciated for in the movies In the Bedroom and The Wrestler. What Women Want, Anger Management, The Ides of March, Cyrus, The Big Short and Avengers: Endgame are some of her other notable films.
An actress and comedian, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won more Screen Actors Guild Awards and more Emmy Awards than any other artist in American television history. In 2016, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list. In 2018, she was presented with America's highest comedy honor - The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Kate McKinnon is a popular American actress and comedian known for her work in sketch comedy series, such as Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show. She is also famous for co-creating a web-series called Notary Publix and an audio series titled Heads Will Roll. An openly gay actress, McKinnon serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community.
Saoirse Ronan is noted for her roles in period dramas since she was in her teens. Her breakthrough came when in 2007 she played a precocious teenager in the film Atonement. Since then she has acted in several successful movies. She’s also a stage artist and was featured by Forbes in two of their 30 Under 30 lists in 2016.
Barbara Stanwyck went on to become one of the greatest actresses of Classical Hollywood cinema after being orphaned at age four. One of the favorite actresses of directors like Cecil B. DeMille, Barbara had become the highest-paid actress in America by 1944. Known for her realistic screen presence, Barbara won several prestigious honorary lifetime awards for her contribution to cinema.
17 Liv Tyler
Liv Tyler is one of the most popular American actresses. Apart from acting, she is also known for her activism; she is an ardent supporter of the United Nations Children's Fund. She also donates to the Women's Cancer Research Fund. Tyler practices transcendental meditation as she believes it helps her make better decisions.
American actress and model, Hayden Panettiere, started her career as a child artist. Her fame grew when she portrayed the role of a high school cheerleader with regenerative healing powers in the television series Heroes. She has also worked in the TV series, Nashville, and a number of films like Custody, Scream 4 and Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy.
19 Lady Gaga
Popular singer and songwriter, Lady Gaga has been active in the music industry since her teens. One of the world's best-selling music artists, she is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. A versatile performer, she is known for her consistent image reinventions in music. She is actively involved in philanthropy and social activism.
Best known for playing real-life black women in biopics, Angela Bassett does not mind being typecast as someone who often plays biographical roles. She has portrayed prominent personalities like Tina Turner, Betty Shabazz, Katherine Jackson, and Coretta Scott King. Also a director, producer, and activist, Angela Bassett works toward bettering the lives of African-Americans.
Bridget Moynahan is an American actress known for playing important roles in popular movies like the John Wick film series and I, Robot. From being a tomboy who loved playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse at school to becoming a famous model and then an actress, Bridget Moynahan has had quite an inspiring and interesting journey so far.
Known for her sultry looks and distinctive voice, Lauren Bacall was an important actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood. As part of a publicity stunt, Bacall was asked to sit on the piano that was being played by Vice President Harry Truman at the National Press Club. The picture of Bacall sitting on the piano remains an iconic photograph.
One of the most glamorous Hollywood actresses of the 1940s, Rita Hayworth was also a brilliant dancer. Her filmography includes 61 films among which the most notable ones are The Strawberry Blonde, Gilda and Cover Girl. The personal life of the actress, who was also known as the Love Goddess, though was marked by a series of failed marriages.
24 Sarah Hyland
Best known for portraying Haley Dunphy in the sitcom Modern Family, Sarah Hyland is a celebrated Hollywood actress. Despite undergoing 16 surgeries, including several kidney surgeries, Sarah went on to become a critically acclaimed actress. In 2018, she revealed that she had contemplated suicide because of her health issues. She has had two kidney transplants in the past.
25 Diane Lane
Ranked 79th on VH1's list of 100 Greatest Kid Stars, Diane Lane started off as a child actress before becoming a well-known leading Hollywood actress. Also known for her beauty, Diane has been featured in lists, such as Top 99 Most Desirable Women. A talented actress, Diane Lane has also worked with several charity organizations, such as Heifer International.
26 Claire Danes
Claire Danes is best known for playing the role of a CIA agent in the popular television series Homeland, which ran from 2011 to 2020. However, her breakthrough role was as a 15-year-old in 1994-95 critically acclaimed television series, My So Called Life. She’s also acted in films like Terminator 3, The Hours, Les Miserables, Brokedown Palace and The Rainmaker.
Beginning her career as a beloved child artist, Lindsay Lohan is a Hollywood favourite who went on to star in some of the high-grossing big-screen productions. Her praise-worthy performances in high school dramas earned her the title of a teen idol, before her career took a downward turn because of alcohol and substance abuse.
28 Lucy Liu
American actress, Lucy Liu, shot to fame with television series Ally McBeal and later proved her acting skills with films like Charlie's Angels, Kill Bill, Volume 1, Shanghai Noon and television series Elementary and Southland. Intelligent and multitalented, she has voiced animated films, turned producer/director, made her Broadway debut and last but not the least, is also a visual artist.
Melanie Griffith was a successful and popular Hollywood actress in the 1980s and the 1990s. Body Double, Buffalo Girls, Pacific Heights, Mulholland Falls, Lolita and The Bonfire of the Vanities are some of her notable films. She has also worked in several television series, mainly in the 2000s when her movie career waned. She had issues with alcohol and drug addiction.
30 Julia Stiles
Julia Stiles attained fame in the late 1990s when she portrayed a feminist teenager in 10 Things I Hate About You. As an adult, The Business of Strangers, Save the Last Dance and Hustlers are some of her acclaimed films. She has also starred in the Bourne film series. She has had a good run doing television series like Dexter and Riviera.
Actress and producer, Lori Loughlin, has been active in the entertainment world for over four decades. Beginning her career as a print model at the age of 11, she started acting as a teenager. With time, she moved on to play more mature roles. In 2020, she was sentenced to two months in prison after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.
Accomplished American comedian, actress, singer and Broadway star, Whoopi Goldberg is amongst the select few who have won all the four awards—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Moreover, she is also a political activist, author and talk show host. Her notable work include films Ghost, Sister Act and The Color Purple; Broadway show Thoroughly Modern Millie and talk show The View.
33 Emma Roberts
Making her film debut as a child actress, Emma Roberts impressed the critics and audiences with her strong performance in the film Blow. She started taking up more mature roles as a teenager and continued giving brilliant performances. She is also a singer and has released one album that was a moderate success.
34 Téa Leoni
Téa Leoni went on to establish a successful acting career in the American entertainment industry after landing her breakthrough role in the action comedy movie Bad Boys. Such was her popularity in the 1990s that an asteroid was named after her in 1993. Also known for her humanitarian work, Téa Leoni was named a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF in 2001.
36 Lea Michele
Lea Michele is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actress on Broadway and is best known for the role of Rachel Berry on the comedy-drama series Glee. She won many awards and was critically acclaimed for it. However, Lea has also been accused of being rude to her co-actors on the sets of Glee.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who was a prolific actress during her childhood and in her teens, is best known for her work on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from 1997 to 2003. I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cruel Intentions and The Grudge are some of her notable films. She’s also starred in many other prominent television series.
38 Lena Horne
Lena Horne was an American singer, actress, dancer, and civil rights activist. Horne's 70-year acting career was embellished with several prestigious awards, such as Grammy Awards. Her life and career were depicted in many stage shows, where she was portrayed by actresses like Leslie Uggams, Nikki Crawford, and Ryan Jillian.
Jennifer Esposito is an American actress who despite suffering from celiac disease, the details of which she has written in her book Jennifer's Way, went on to establish herself in the entertainment industry. Apart from being an actress and author, Jennifer also serves as the brand ambassador for Eclair Naturals, a body and skin care line.
Sienna Rose Miller is a British-American actress. From being a photography model, who posed topless for Pirelli calendar, to becoming a prominent actress in the American film and TV industry, Miller's journey has been quite inspirational so far. Also known for her charity work, Miller touched the lives of many when she traveled to Haiti after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
American actress, Kerry Washington, attained fame when she starred in the television series, Scandal, which ran from 2012 to 2018. She was also commended for her role in the television film, Confirmation, and for the miniseries, Little Fires Everywhere. She has also acted in films like The Last King of Scotland, Django Unchained, Our Song, The Dead Girl and American Son.
Popular actress and model, Brooke Shields, was exposed to the show business early on as her mother was a model. Her mother helped her find work when she was just a baby. Starting her career as a model, she eventually moved on to acting. Besides TV shows and films, she has also appeared in many Broadway musicals.
43 Phoebe Cates
44 Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara is a well-known actress who won the Cannes Film Festival Award for her performance in the movie Carol. Apart from being an actress, Rooney is also an animal rights activist. Also known for her charity work, Rooney supervises the Uweza Foundation, which supports programs for children in Nairobi. She is also the founder of Hiraeth Collective, a vegan clothing line.
45 Kate Mara
Kyra Sedgwick is a popular American filmmaker and actress. Such is her popularity as a TV actress that Kyra Sedgwick started earning around US$300,000 per episode in 2007. Among many other prestigious awards, such as an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award, she has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
47 Kristen Wiig
Like many American comedians, Kristen Wiig is also a product of the television show, Saturday Night Live. She then became a successful writer and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for her work in the film Bridesmaids (2011). An influential woman, Kristen was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World list in 2012.
48 Emmy Rossum
Actress and singer-songwriter, Emmy Rossum, is best known for her portrayal of Fiona Gallagher in the TV series Shameless. Beginning her career as a child actress in the 1990s, she began taking up more mature roles in her teens. As a singer, she has released two albums and an EP and has also provided vocals to many collaborative singles.
49 Leah Remini
Leah Remini is best known as Carrie Heffernan from The King of Queens and Vanessa from Kevin Can Wait. She also appeared in Dancing with the Stars. She was raised a Scientologist, but turned against the faith later, releasing an explanatory memoir and an Emmy-winning documentary series on the same.
A popular actress, producer, and activist, Rosario Dawson is known as much for her involvement in politics and philanthropy as for her work in films and television. A strong supporter of various charitable organizations, such as One Campaign and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Rosario came out as member of the LGBT community in 2020.